Ongoing strikes take a toll at Renault Samsung plant

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Ongoing strikes take a toll at Renault Samsung plant

An extended strike at Renault Samsung Motors is driving up the carmaker’s production losses, with no signs of an imminent breakthrough in talks between the company and its union over wages and working conditions.

Some 1,800 workers entered a “full-scale” strike at Renault Samsung’s only plant in Busan on Friday, demanding the company come up with a revised wage deal before they begin renegotiations.

The company and the union signed a tentative wage and collective agreement deal last month, but union workers voted against it.

On Friday, Renault Samsung’s Busan plant produced only 41 of its planned 900 vehicles, though the company kept the assembly lines in operation. The production volume is expected to remain at a similar level on Monday, the company said.

Renault Samsung workers staged 62 rounds of strikes from October through April 19, resulting in estimated production losses of over 14,320 vehicles.

Renault Samsung produced 210,000 vehicles in the Busan plant last year, but this year’s output is expected to drop by half.

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